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How Patriots could land Stefon Diggs at trade deadline, per Peter King

How Patriots could land Stefon Diggs at trade deadline, per Peter King

The New England Patriots already tried and failed to incorporate a star wide receiver in Antonio Brown.

Will they take another swing before the Oct. 29 trade deadline?

NBC Sports NFL insider Peter King suggested the Patriots should by pursuing Minnesota Vikings wideout Stefon Diggs, who has been the subject of serious trade speculation after he skipped multiple meetings and practices last week.

"I think Stefon Diggs to the Patriots at the trading deadline makes sense, especially if the season goes south for Minnesota," King wrote Monday in his "Football Morning in America" column.

King then named a price: New England's second- and fourth-round picks in 2020 for Diggs, who is coming off a 102-catch, 1,021-yard season for Minnesota.

The 25-year-old also is on a decent contract for an elite wide receiver -- he's owed $45.1 million over the final four years of his deal -- and considering the Patriots' lack of depth at the position, King believes they should at least give Minnesota a call.

"Would you want Diggs, now 25, for the next 3.5 years at $37.2 million?" King wrote. "I sure would, if what I had to give up was, say, the 60th and 125th picks to get him."

Diggs obviously would boost a Patriots receiving corps that's pretty thin outside Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon and Phillip Dorsett.  Our own Tom E. Curran reported last week that Minnesota has no plans to trade their star wideout, though, and the Vikings improved to 3-2 on Sunday with a win over the New York Giants.  

But if they falter over the next few weeks, perhaps Bill Belichick will convince them to change their minds.

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Watch Rob Gronkowski's wild intro as WrestleMania 36 host

Watch Rob Gronkowski's wild intro as WrestleMania 36 host

Rob Gronkowski may be done with football, but he continues to find ways to entertain us on our television screens.

The former New England Patriots tight end is hosting WrestleMania 36 this weekend alongside WWE star Mojo Rawley. And as one would expect, Gronk brought the energy to start off the two-night event.

“[WWE] picked the right guy [to host WrestleMania], because I know how to start a party on a Saturday night and end it 30 hours later," Gronk quipped in his introduction.

Watch below:

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Between the WWE and his various other ventures, Gronkowski seemingly has been everywhere these last few weeks. He appeared on SmackDown, was revealed as White Tiger in "The Masked Singer," and participated in a virtual beer pong tournament for coronavirus relief.

In other words, retirement seems to be treating the future Pro Football Hall of Famer well.

Stephon Gilmore seems to think covering new Bills WR Stefon Diggs will be 'light work'

Stephon Gilmore seems to think covering new Bills WR Stefon Diggs will be 'light work'

Does New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore think covering new Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs will be "light work?" 

It certainly seems that way. Gilmore defended Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper after former Bills and New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan called Cooper a "turd" on ESPN's "Get Up."

The 29-year-old called Cooper one of the "toughest receivers in the league to cover," but when a fan responded saying Diggs will be tougher, another fan said he'd be "light work" and Gilmore liked that tweet. 

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Will Diggs really be that difficult for the Defensive Player of the Year to handle? It's tough to say, but Diggs put up some impressive numbers with the Minnesota Vikings before being traded to the Bills.

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In five seasons with the Vikings, Diggs has 4,623 yards and 30 touchdowns -- he's had 1,000-plus yards receiving in back-to-back years and has never played a full 16-game season. On the other hand, Gilmore had six interceptions last season with two touchdowns, 44 solo tackles and a fumble recovery. 

With the Patriots and Bills set to meet at least twice next season, it'll be interesting to see how things shake out.